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Outwardly, we live in an era that appears more open-minded, non-judgemental and tolerant than in any time in human history. The very term intolerant invokes moral condemnation. We are constantly reminded to understand the importance of respecting different cultures and diversities. In this pugnacious new book, Frank Furedi argues that despite the democratisation of public life and the expansion of freedom, society is dominated by a culture that not only tolerates but often encourages intolerance. Often the intolerance is directed at people who refuse to accept the conventional wisdom and who are stigmatised as 'deniers'. Frequently intolerance comes into its own in clashes over cultural values and lifestyles. People are condemned for the food they eat, how they parent and for wearing religious symbols in public.
This book challenges the 'quiet mood of tolerance' towards morally stigmatised forms of behaviour. The author examines recent forms of 'unacceptable behaviour'. It will tease out the real motives and drivers of intolerance.
Preface \ 1. Introduction \ 2. Tolerance as a precious resource \ 3. The Fossilisation of Identity \ 4. Tolerance Confused With Recognition \ 5. The Expansion of the Meaning of Harm \ 6. The Loss Of Respect For Moral Independence \ 7. The Cultivation of Intolerant Identities and the Infantilising of Offence \ 8. Twenty-first century heresy \ Conclusion: Why Tolerance Matters \ Index